T-Bone Walker

T-Bone Walker

Pioneer of "jump blues" and a blues guitar legend.

Founded

May 28, 1910 in Linden, Texas

Full Name

Aaron Thibeaux Walker

Date of Birth

May 28, 1910 in Linden, Texas

Still Alive

Date of Death

March 16, 1975 in Los Angeles, California

Influenced By

Marco Washington, Blind Lemon Jefferson

Later Influenced

Chuck Berry, B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix, The Allman Brothers

T-Bone Walker
T-Bone Walker

About The artist

"Modern electric blues guitar can be traced directly back to this Texas-born pioneer, who began amplifying his sumptuous lead lines for public consumption circa 1940 and thus initiated a revolution so total that its tremors are still being felt today.

"Few major postwar blues guitarists come to mind that don't owe T-Bone Walker an unpayable debt of gratitude."

Bill Dahl, Allmusic.com

Did you know...

The Texas bassist Marco Washington was either the stepfather or uncle of T-Bone Walker (accounts vary). He taught T-Bone to play the guitar, ukulele, banjo, violin, mandolin, and piano.

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